Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition

Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition
Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition
January 2017 will see the release of Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition, collecting multiple complete stories, all captured directly from Jack Kirby’s original art. This will be the second Artist’s Edition of Kirby’s immensely popular and influential Marvel work, following the recent release of the highly anticipated Jack Kirby’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition.

“These issues of Fantastic Four represent Jack Kirby operating at the top of his game, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay a comic book,” said noted comics historian and Kirby biographer Mark Evanier. “As a reader, I felt like the fifth member of the Fantastic Four—and that was in the small format with the bad printing. When I get the IDW book, I will probably want to move into it and live there.”

Kirby’s work on the Fantastic Four, with his long-time collaborator Stan Lee, is considered to be some of the finest comics ever done. Adding to the prestige, legendary inker Joe Sinnott embellished all the pages in this book. This breathtaking volume will include Issues #82 and #83 (guest-starring the Inhumans), and the 48-page epic from Fantastic Four Annual #6, featuring the birth of Franklin Richards, plus more!

“Kirby’s inventive story-telling set the bar that Marvel has honored for decades,” says David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Marketing, Marvel Comics. “We couldn’t be prouder to see this fantastic work made available in this new prestige over-sized format that pays tribute to Jack ‘The King’ Kirby’s exemplary talent and skill.”

“What better way is there to kick off Jack Kirby’s centennial birthday year than by releasing our first Kirby Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition?” said editor (and life-long Kirby fan) Scott Dunbier. “And did you catch how I said first?”

An Epic Comic Book Crossover Event

The Stars Align To Bring Star Trek And Green Lantern Together This July

STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR
STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR
San Diego, CA (April 4, 2015) – IDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products and DC Entertainment announced today that they will boldly go where no one has gone before…in brightest day, in blackest night. Two iconic franchises will meet this summer in a legendary crossover event with the release of a six-part comic book miniseries, STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR. Both Star Trek and Green Lantern are known for their strong cast of interstellar characters and when they come together for the first time this July, fans new and old are sure to experience a galaxy-sized thrill.

STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR is six-part monthly mini-series and will be written by veteran Star Trek comic writer Mike Johnson with interior art by Angel Hernandez (INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE, ARROW). STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #1 will be available in stores and online in July, boasting covers from Gabriel Rodriguez, Francesco Francavilla, Elsa Charretier, and Garry Brown. Following issues will feature covers from an amazing lineup that includes Declan Shalvey, Marc Laming, and more!

“We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply…logical.”

“Green Lantern is one of the most popular, storied characters in the history of comic books and a modern DC Comics icon. An entire universe of Green Lanterns and other supporting characters have grown out from his original adventures in the 1940’s, and this series really showcases the intergalactic scope of the franchise,” said Bob Harras, Editor-in-Chief of DC Comics.

A pop culture mainstay for almost 50 years, Star Trek’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with the new feature films in 2009 and 2013. Now all Star Trek fans can watch their favorite U.S.S. Enterprise crew members meet Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps in an adventure that spans space, time and all the colors of the spectrum. Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner. Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corp and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.

TM & © 2015 CBS Studios Inc. © 2015 Paramount Pictures Corp. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About DC Entertainment?
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

Cybertron becomes the battleground for the COMBINER WARS

91dd928f-dda5-4f6c-8ce1-f1be78dbcb9bThe biggest TRANSFORMERS publishing event of the year kicks off this March when Cybertron becomes the battleground for the COMBINER WARS! An all-star creative team is bringing along fan-favorite characters and all-new dangers to this battle royale that will shake both factions to their core.

The “Opening Salvo” is fired in TRANSFORMERS #39, and the war begins in earnest in the debut issue of the brand-new WINDBLADE series from the acclaimed creative team of Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone. The shaky peace between the Autobots and Decepticons is threatened when Cybertron’s leader, Starscream, stands against Optimus Prime and raises an unstoppable army of Combiners, threatening Windblade’s long-lost homeworld..

“We’re blowing the TRANSFORMERS universe wide open with this series: showcasing new characters and new worlds in a battle with some of the biggest ‘bots you’ve ever seen,” said WINDBLADE writer, Scott. “Anyone who thinks they know what to expect from a Transformers event will have to think again.”

The ongoing TRANSFORMERS series written by John Barber welcomes PRIMACY artist Livio Ramondelli on to the series for this epic arc. “From day one of this series,” says Barber, “we’ve been seeding the mystery and power of Combiners—multiple Cybertronians who form together into bigger, more powerful wholes. Starscream realizes he needs one of his own to protect Cybertron… but why stop at one Combiner—or one world?”

6ad4fd95-a552-4a82-b69c-2347bab7b86fThe arms-race of Combiners will bring fan-favorite TRANSFORMERS characters to the pages of IDW comics for the first time ever—and introduce a new Combiner guaranteed to melt the internet. Featuring standard covers by Casey W. Coller and subscription covers by Ramondelli, the epic COMBINER WARS event will be an integral part of Hasbro’s 2015 TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS toy line, reaching a massive fan-base and will be supported across multi-media platforms.

If retailers order 250 copies each of TRANSFORMERS #39 and TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1, they’ll get two special covers by Travis Sengaus depicting that retailer’s store being protected by Superion (on TRANSFORMERS #39) and destroyed by Devastator (on TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1). And best of all… those two covers COMBINE into one mega-image!


Doctor Who – Prisoners of Time. Issue 3

Doctor Who - Prisoners of Time. Issue 3
Doctor Who – Prisoners of Time. Issue 3, Written by Scott & David Tipton, art by Mike Collins. IDWv

Featuring the third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, Prisoners of time is set in the UNIT era. Amidst unusually fierce and pan-global storms, the emergency call goes out to recall The Doctor to UNIT. He and Sarah Jane arrive to find The Brigadier is acting very strangely, deploying troops all over the globe without wit or reference to others, and refusing to listen to any sort of reason. Eventually he makes one decision too far, and is able to be relieved of duty.

During restraint and treatment for apparent madness, the doctor spots the tell tale signs that the brigadier has been infected and is acting as host for an alien species. Following its expulsion from its host, The Doctor, Sarah Jane, and The Brigadier set about repelling the alien invasion force…
At the time this was a trail blazing strip, and part of what eventually became the modern Doctor Who Magazine.  As a protagonist, the 3rd Doctor is interesting in how little he uses the TARDIS to achieve access to places and solve issues.
This is issue three of the series, with more to come, and part of a slew of Doctor Who reprints that IDW is issuing in the run up to the 50th Anniversary.  Each issue contains information on this, and on the history of the strip to date. At $3.99 (UK pricing varies according to the conversion rate used by your local comic shop) for the paper issue, its a worthwhile spend; story and artwork both being of an excellent standard.
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Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time

Written by Scott and David Tipton

Art by Simon Fraser

Published by IDW

This new comic series from IDW will see each Doctor take a monthly spotlight, rather like the Big Finish/Audio Go Destiny of the Doctor series. And, like those audios, IDW have one big fat arc plot up their, and a mysterious cowled figure’s, sleeves.

This first issue features the First Doctor, Ian and Barbara – no surprises there. But instead of ‘granddaughter’ Susan Foreman, the second female companion is Vicky Pallister, for this opener is set mid second season of the TV show. This allows for a wider range of aliens to feature, and here The Web Planet provides its cast of characters to face up to the Doctor and his companions.

The Doctor takes Ian and Barbara to meet Thomas Huxley, the Victorian champion of Charles Darwin’s theories. But a clutch of missing students sees the main action take place in the developing London Underground system (a nod to the newly back in vogue Great Intelligence, maybe), where the villains of this piece are revealed, via a Primeval-esque anomaly.

The art style is very effective, and Hartnell’s voice comes across well in the script, though there is little to tell his companions apart. The ending is something of a cliffhanger which begs the question how the Troughton era second issue will open. For now, this Doctor Who fan is hooked.

Judge Dredd Issue 1

Judge Dredd Issue 1

Written by Duane Swierczynski

Illustrated by Nelson Daniel, Paul Gulacy

Published by IDW

With all the buzz currently around 2000AD’s game-changing treatment of the tales of Judge Joseph Dredd, it would be a shame if this new US take on the world of Mega City One passed fans by.

There have been unique US strips before, and this one undoubtedly comes as a reaction to the recent movie, but it creates an interesting counterpoint to the UK incarnation. With very little preamble, this first issue hurls the reader into a disaster in the Mega City, precipitated by a seeming accident involving a robot. But as events rapidly escalate with an oddly exploding tree, Dredd wonders if there is a malevolent hand behind affairs.

The script for Ripe is tight and the plot hurtles along, with a decidedly leering violence in the art (decapitated heads and all). The story brings to mind Call Me Kenneth and his own robot uprising many years ago, but this storyline is sure to take a different path as it develops over the next few months.

The back-up strip – Protection Racket – interestingly continues to probe the relationship between man and machine, perhaps helped by sharing the same writer. The issue is capped with the first part of a potted history of Dredd, and with six variant covers for this issue, there is much for avid collectors and simple fans of the Judge to savour. Do seek it out in all good comic stores.